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wddodgewddodge Senior MemberPosts: 1,142 Senior Member
I'm cleaning up an old Winchester .22 that's been neglected for years if not decades. After getting thru layers of patina/grease/mouse poop, I found where someone etched what looks like a social security number on the underside of the barrel. I'm sure this was before identity theft was even thought of.

I'm wondering if there is a legal way of using this number to search who owned this rifle??  There is a side of me thinking that this may have been someones grandpa's rifle and may want it back in the family.

Denny
Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,677 Senior Member
    Could also be a driver's license number.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,359 Senior Member
    You go put up some of the numbers. My be recognizable. A Driver's liscence would be searchable. Social....not so much.

    123-45-XXXX is how ALL social security numbers are formatted. 
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,850 Senior Member
    I think the first three digits of a SS# are indicative of age. 1 being older than three ect..

    Looking up the corresponding person may not even be legal???
  • RaftermanRafterman New Member Posts: 283 Member
    I was under the impression that the first three digits signified what part of the country the card was issued. No clue if that is correct though.
  • joeg52joeg52 Member Posts: 108 Member
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,850 Senior Member
    That explains a great deal right there. Maybe it'll help some???
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    What's the model of the gun?  That might help.  I have a little youth model Winchester .22 rifle that doesn't have a serial number.  If I recall correctly, though, it's a model 6, and that particular model was only made in the late 20s through mid 30s.

    If nothing else, do a google search on the model number, or post it here and someone can probably look it up.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,142 Senior Member
    The rifle is a Model 1890 chambered in .22 short and was manufactured in 1903 by the serial number.  It's rough and after cleaned up and a few parts from Numrich it will probably shoot ok. It will never be a collector piece.

    The number is formatted like a SS number so I'm fairly sure that's what it is. I used the link joeg52 posted and the fellow is from Ohio so he's somewhat local to me.

    I just thought it'd be nice to give a fellow or family the opportunity to get the old rifle back. It may have some fond memories..... or it may not..

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 2,143 Senior Member
    I wonder if there is a way for you to send a message through the Social Security, an attorney or maybe the police? Give them your contact info and ask it be passed to a person connected with the SSN.

    A friend had a Marlin 22 stolen and years later it was recovered and returned to him.
    I like Elmer Keith; I married his daughter :wink:
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